business collected last week in Missoula. Business was offering complimentary services for each bag of non-perishables brought for the University of Montana Food Pantry. TOM BAUER/Missoulian Mazana Boerboom The lobby of Matz Family Chiropractic was joyful this weekend, with a fall themed wreath, various gourds placed around the space and a table stacked with non-perishable foods. The family-owned chiropractic office in Missoula was finishing up its first patient gratitude food drive for
the University of Montana Food Pantry, which lasted the entire week leading up to Halloween. The drive is the first of numerous leading into the holiday season, as UM's yearly food drive “Can the Cats “is set to begin Friday, Nov. 6, with Griz eSports competitors, according to a press release.
For each bag of non-perishables brought for the drive, the chiropractors provided free services, consisting of an X-ray and consultation for new clients. Samantha Snook came in for her very first appointment at Matz Family on Saturday, bringing a box to donate. She brought a can of chili that used to be her daddy's favorite, fruit cocktail she understands kids will enjoy, and a can of chopped spuds she knew she ‘d never ever eat.
“I understand that someone will (eat the potatoes) because I've been there,” Snook said.
When she was a young kid, Snook said her family remained in need, and so as she grew older and her family ended up being more solvent, her mommy always made certain to contribute to food pantries.
Snook came from Kalispell to Missoula just over a year ago to be near her sibling and a broader variety of culinary choices. She used to go to the chiropractic doctor a lot, but hasn't remained in a while. She jumped at the new patient screening opportunity at Matz Family Chiropractic when her sister-in-law told her about it, and she is hopeful to ease some of her back pain.
Su Su Oo, a chiropractic assistant at business, stated she was pleased to see many contributions.
Oo remains in her first year studying drug store at UM and has actually worked with Matz Family Chiropractic for more than two and a half years. The local business has actually been in Missoula for years as four generations of the Matz household have taken on the trade.
Oo said individuals started generating food even prior to the drive officially started on Oct. 26, and the donations are piling high.
The downstairs part of the office, where they hold a weight-loss program and massages throughout the week, now shops the loads of non-perishables. Oo guesses there's likely more than 1,000 pounds of food, specifically with boxes and boxes of heavy cans, though they haven't weighed all of it yet. She said the staff has actually started a thinking video game for the weight of the contributions.
Oo said previously in the week someone from the food pantry came by with boxes to hold the donations and was stunned by the quantity of food they had actually gathered already.
“She was like ‘oh my gosh, I was simply bringing a couple of boxes.' And we're like ‘no, we need like a truck,'” Oo said with a laugh.
The office will keep gathering donations despite the fact that the official drive is over, till Matz Family Chiropractic delivers the food to the kitchen, which Oo said will likely be on Wednesday.
Oo provided credit for the drive to her colleague Monica Carl, who she stated believed up the idea and assisted get the word out with leaflets and social media. This is the very first year the chiropractic office has held a food drive, Oo said, though in the past they've done drives for Toys for Tots.
“As a college student, I can kind of comprehend the struggles that some people (have) getting food on the table … Some can't afford food, or it's just tight,” Oo stated. “I hope (the food drive) continues to come through for next year, and I think it will, seeing how successful it was this year.”
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